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South Africans will soon experience 50 years of unbridled creativity during the upcoming Henri Matisse|Rhythm and Meaning exhibition at the Standard Bank Gallery. The exhibition takes place from 13 July to 17 September 2016 and includes several key works from the artist’s oeuvre.

Patrice Deparpe, Director of the Musée départemental Matisse, Le Cateau-Cambrésis, has highlighted five of Matisse’s most important works that will be exhibited in Johannesburg during this historic art event. He is co-curator of the exhibition along with Federico Freschi, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Johannesburg.

The works Deparpe has selected cover the main periods in Matisse’s artistic life, from his early sculptures and his Fauvist oil paintings inspired by African art to his seminal Jazz stencil prints and paper cut-outs.

1) Le Serf (l’Esclave) (The Serf) 1900‐1903
Bronze sculpture
One of Matisse’s earliest sculptures, inspired by Rodin, on the topic of freedom. The sculpture’s arms were broken off in an accident, but Matisse believed that, rather than damaging the piece, the calamity had actually rendered it more effective. From that day on, he sought to remove the superfluous from his works.

2) Marguerite au chapeau de cuir (Marguerite in a Leather Hat) 1914
Oil on canvas, 82cm x 65cm
This portrait of Matisse’s daughter was inspired by Fang masks from Gabon. The work exemplifies how important African art was for Matisse in the early 20th century – in fact, it was he who introduced Picasso to African art, which also went on to feature strongly in the latter’s work. During his travels in North Africa, Matisse collected objects and textiles and went on to make important works influenced by Africa. Continue reading

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DHL Stormers centre Daniel du Plessis has been ruled out of the clash with the Southern Kings at DHL Newlands due to concussion.

Du Plessis was the only casualty from the 22-3 bonus-point win against the Western Force in Perth.

Props Frans Malherbe (neck injury), JC Janse van Rensburg (knee injury) and Oli Kebble (knee injury) will all return to training this week, with a call on their availability to face the Southern Kings to be made later in the week.

Loose forward Nizaam Carr will also be assessed during the week, after having injured his shoulder in the win against the Rebels in Melbourne.

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The City of Cape Town has issued the prospectus for the development of the Foreshore Freeway Precinct in the Cape Town central business district this morning, 8 July 2016.

The prospectus is a public document. It provides investors and developers with all of the information they need for devising a development proposal for this precinct – a strip of City-owned land that is located under and between the existing and unfinished highways between the city’s northern edge and the Cape Town Harbour.

‘We are extremely excited about this project – it provides both the City and the private sector the opportunity to collaborate on a scale that has never been seen in Cape Town before. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for urban developers to address the city’s traffic woes and affordable housing needs in return for the rights to develop one of the most valuable, vital and iconic precincts in the central business district (CBD),’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron.

The public and interested parties can access the document, as well as an informative video clip about the current challenges on Transport for Cape Town’s website. Continue reading

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Large area of city sealed off as police negotiate with suspected gunman in between exchanges of gunfire.

The city of Dallas was plunged into chaos on Thursday night as four police officers were shot dead and at least seven others were wounded when dozens of shots were fired during a downtown protest against violence.

Dallas police chief David Brown said three suspects were custody and officers were continuing to negotiate with one suspect, believed to be one of the shooters, who was cornered on the second floor of a garage. He added that he did not have a “complete comfort level” that all suspects had been apprehended.

Officers were continuing to exchange gunfire with the cornered suspect, Brown said, telling reporters the suspected gunman had told officers: “The end is coming” and that “he’s going to hurt and kill more of us – meaning law enforcement.”

A “suspicious package” was also found near the suspect, according to the department and the individual had told officers he had planted bombs “all over the place”.

The anti-violence rally descended into chaos on Thursday night after what Brown described as “two snipers” shot at officers “from elevated positions”. Four officers were struck fatally and several of the wounded were reported to be in surgery or a critical condition.

Brown said at a press conference that the snipers appeared to have positioned themselves on perches at downtown garages during an orchestrated attack and “planned to injure and kill as many law enforcement officers as they could”.

As the siege situation emerged, Brown said the FBI and ATF had been asked to assist in investigating the suspect’s bomb threat. The Federal Aviation Authority [FAA] later issued a temporary flight restriction over downtown Dallas.

The chief said that two other suspects were apprehended after officers followed their vehicle and recovered two camouflage bags. Another suspect, a female, was arrested close to the garage where the standoff was taking place.

The department was investigating whether any of the suspects had prior knowledge of the protest’s planning. “We’re leaving every motive on the table,” Brown said.

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This week’s latest  eNCA election poll – just three weeks before the 3 August voting – shows the DA continuing to pull ahead of the ANC in Nelson Mandela Bay and Johannesburg, but the gap between the two parties is narrowing in Tshwane.

In Nelson Mandela Bay, the pattern in the fifth of the weekly polls continued, with the DA now at 42% and the ANC at 21%. With 16% undecided, this means that even in the unlikely event of the ANC winning all the undecided voters, the DA is still likely to be the biggest party. The critical question is whether the DA can win half of these undecided voters, which will give them control of the city. The EFF’s share of the vote in Nelson Mandela Bay also rose from last week’s 7% to 10% this week.

In Johannesburg, both the ANC and DA appeared to grow their votes by pulling support from the smaller parties. The ANC was, this week, at 31% (up form 30% last week) and the DA 36% ( up from 33% last week). With undecideds at 16%, this vote could still go either way. The EFF in Johannesburg moved down to 10% from 11% last week. Continue reading

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WP, Sharks continue winning ways in U13 Coca-Cola Craven Week

Note to Editors: The U13 Coca-Cola Craven Week fixtures for the final day on Friday have been included below Thursday’s results.

Under-13 Coca-Cola Craven Week hosts, DHL Western Province, and the Sharks on Thursday continued their winning ways at Paarl Gymnasium to remain the only unbeaten teams in the competition before the final day’s play on Friday.

DHL Western Province, who won the final match of the tournament last season, edged the Itec Blue Bulls 11-10, while the Sharks pipped the TW Profile Services Valke 15-14 in epic encounters. Continue reading

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The closing weekend of the National Arts Festival sees the 11-day long Festival end on a high note with top talent performing some highly anticipated acts. Amongst the big attractions are AKA (fresh from the USA) and The Muffinz who are returning to the Festival after their previous Standard Bank Ovation Award win and Arena performance. Standard Bank Jazz Festival favourites Simphiwe Dana, Ringo Madlingozi, Caiphus Semenya and Swing City will be sure to take Festival-goers into the small hours, whilst international flavour comes from Colombia’s Alvaro Meza.

Theatres are filling up fast for Scorched, the premier of 2016 Standard Bank Young Artist for Theatre, Jade Bowers’ epic new work. Also pulling strong crowds are Sleepwalkingland (based on the novel by Mia Couto) and Neil Coppen’s adaptation of Animal Farm. Audiences can also book for a reimagining of Tennessee William’s play The Day on Which a Man Dies and Popart’s Jemma Kahn in her new piece In Bocca Al Lupo, as well as Unveiled, starring South-African born Gulshan Mia who has come from the USA to perform the role. Continue reading

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